Levein tips Webster for the top
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Webster has recently signed a new four-year contract with Hearts to extend his stay at Tynecastle until the summer of 2007.
Since Webster was signed by Levein from Arbroath two years ago, the 21-year-old has taken giant strides and established himself in the senior Scotland squad.
Jambos chief Levein is determined to hang on to Webster and avert the danger of the youngster following in the footsteps of Antti Niemi, who quit Edinburgh for Southampton last year.
But Levein concedes a bigger stage beckons for Webster if the stopper maintains his stylish rise up the footballing ladder.
"There are two sides to every business, the football side and the financial side," explained Levein. "Last year we gave Antti Niemi an extended contract and Southampton came in and took him almost straight away.
"But it made business sense because Antti wanted to leave. He had intimated to me on numerous occasions that he wanted to play in the English Premiership so it made sense to let him go.
"Andy Webster is a little bit different. He is not ready to go anywhere yet but if he continues his rate of progress who knows who might come knocking?
"I'm not saying he will go but if he continues the progress he has made then there is a possibility of that, although there is a hell of a lot of hard work to be done. It's the right thing for him to stay here just now.
"However, if someone was to come in and offer £4 million tomorrow or something silly like that - way above what the market place is dictating - who knows."